Join David Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying the clarifying step, part of Getting Things Done.
Here's an action step that I would highly recommend that you take to get a sense of the power of those two questions. What's the outcome? What's the next action? If you did make a list or have a to-do list around, that would be the time or the thing to pull up and take one or two of those things and actually ask yourself those questions. What's the very next action? And see if it's something a little bit different than whatever you wrote down. And again, it needs to be very physical, visible activity. An email to send, website to surf, somebody to call, somebody you need to talk to, something you need to buy at the hardware store.
It needs to be that specific. So answer that question, what's the very next action. You might want to write it down. And, if that one action won't finish whatever that thing is, what's the project, if you were going to title the project. And titling a project, usually you use the verb that would represent what this means when it's finished. I need to finalize the budget, I need to launch the ad campaign. I need to implement this particular strategic plan. So implement, finalize, research.
I need to look into to see about x, y, and z. So, think about using the appropriate verbs when you think about what's the project and what's the very next action. Make sure that's physical and visible. So, if you want to stop right now and take a couple of minutes and do that, you might learn something. It'd be interesting to see what your experience is.
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